The global Airbus fleet has carried more than 10 billion passengers, serving nearly 500 customers and operators while flying everything from short-haul to ultra long-range routes. On average, an Airbus takes off or lands every two seconds around the globe.
As a sign of the company’s evolution since its beginnings to meet international demand, Airbus has reached each successive 1,000-delivery milestone in shorter time than the previous one – including today’s 8,000th handover that comes less than two years after delivery of its 7,000th jetliner, and some 17 years faster than it took Airbus to deliver its first 1,000 aircraft.
Looking to the future, Airbus deliveries will continue at a sustained pace, based on an industry-record backlog exceeding 5,000, which equals more than eight years of production at current rates. The worldwide customer and operator base has ordered over 13,000 aircraft from Airbus, including the net orders for 722 jetliners logged during the first six months of 2013 alone.
Fittingly, today’s landmark 8,000th handover was an A320 for AirAsia, which is the largest customer for this best-selling single-aisle family product line. The Asian-based low-cost carrier currently operates an all-Airbus fleet of 139 aircraft, taking advantage of Airbus’ unique concept of commonality throughout its product line, which lowers costs for operators. AirAsia has ordered a total of 475 A320 Family aircraft – composed of 264 new engine option (NEO) and 211 current engine option (CEO) versions – as well as 26 A330-300 and 10 A350 XWB widebody jetliners.
• For additional information on Airbus’ 8,000th delivery, see the press release